Concordia names interim leaders

Published 9:45 pm Friday, July 22, 2016

The search for a new president is still ongoing at Concordia College Alabama, but in the meantime the college has promoted two employees into leadership positions.

Dr. Constance Smith Hendricks will serve as the school’s interim chief executive officer and Dexter Jackson will serve as the interim chief operating officer, the school announced in a press release.

“The CCA Board of Regents is still looking to fill the positions of both president and COO permanently,” said Lloyd Probasco, Chair, CCA Board of Regents in a press release. “However, until those decisions are made, CCA, her community, the Selma community and the church need to know who to go to for decisions; thus Mr. Jackson and Dr. Hendricks have been appointed to fill these positions on a temporary basis.”

Hendricks currently serves as Concordia’s chief academic nurse administrator for the division of health sciences and as the department of nursing director. She has previously served as a professor at Auburn University School of Nursing, where she was the University’s inaugural Charles W. Barkley Endowed Professor Chair.

Jackson serves as the vice president for business and fiscal affairs for Concordia.

He received a bachelor’s of science degree in accounting from Auburn University and has served in a number of financial and accounting positions over the last 26 years, including accounts payable clerk, accounts receivable clerk, assistant controller, controller and director of finance at the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. Jackson began his career at CCA in 2010 as controller and was promoted to vice president for business and fiscal affairs in 2011.

The college is still searching for a president to replace the Rev. Dr. Tilahun M. Mendedo, who stepped down officially on June 30. He had served as Concordia’s president since 2010.